Sharknado Takes Twitter by Storm [Video]

The TV movie ‘Sharknado’ debuted on the Syfy channel Thursday night and drew a lot of attention of the Internet and social media.

“Sharknado”, a film about a tornado that throws sharks all across California, has had quite a bit of buzz around it since word got around of its existence, says the Telegraph.

Airing on Syfy, the channel responsible for such TV movies as Arachnoquake, Sharktopus and Aladdin & The Death Lamp, Sharknado was the top trending topic on Twitter, with viewers transfixed by its preposterous premise – a freak hurricane sucks sharks up from the ocean, hurling them at Los Angeles, causing the waterlogged populace to be terrorised by the flying predators.

The press release from the Syfy channel about Sharknado is almost as hilarious as the trailer for the flick:

“Up in the sky. It’s a bird. It’s a plane. No, it’s a … shark! A supersized storm sucks sharks from the ocean and hurls them onto land in the new Syfy Original Movie Sharknado, premiering Thursday, July 11 at 9PM (ET/PT).

Unsurprisingly, the film’s concept made it a target for Twitter commentary, with writers, producers, actors gleefully taking aim at it.

According to CNN, “It’s perfect fodder for the Twitterverse, where hashtag #Sharknado was a top trending topic early Friday.” The title was one of the top trending topics in the US Thursday night — an unheard-of feat for a TV movie.

Mia Farrow tweeted photos of herself alongside a mock-serious Philip Roth reading, “We’re watching #sharknado. WHAT. IS. HAPPENING.”

The actress later tweeted “Omg omg OMG,” which prompted a response from Olivia Wilde, who said she recorded it based on Farrow’s review. The Shield producer Shawn Ryan tweeted a photo with Michael Phelps which read, “I’ve got a secret weapon in case of a #sharknado attack.”

Author R.L. Stine: ”Is it a shark? Is it a tornado? No. It’s SHARKNADO! Coming to the SyFy Channel. Another classic?”

Hunger Games Star Sam Claflin: #sharknado- potentially my new most favouritest film trailer… like, EVER! Need to see this.”

The film, which stars Tara Reid and “Beverly Hills, 90210″ actor Ian Ziering, had a super low budget  and was made in just 18 day period. But that didn’t stop the director from seeing out his vision. He says he wanted to make something lighter in plot and better in special effects.

“If Jaws is ‘just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water,’” the movie’s director, Anthony C. Ferrante, explained.

“Еhis is ‘just when you thought it was safe to go to your living room,’ ‘just when you thought it was safe to take your kids to school on a school bus,’ ‘just when you thought it was safe to look up at the sky and have a bunch of sharks rain down on you.’”

In the movie, regulars of a beachside bar including owner Fin (Ian Ziering/Beverly Hills 90210), bartender Nova (Casie Scerbo/Make It Or Break It) and local drunk George (John Heard/Home Alone) team up with Fin’s ex-wife April (Tara Reid/Scrubs) to investigate the ecological nightmare that has sharks swimming through the streets of Los Angeles and falling from the skies.”

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